Cape reed thatch tiles are very versatile and flexible, they are also quick and easy to install. Two methods of installation can be used, depending on the type of roof structure:
Installation on a Steel Frame
Installation on a Wooden Frame
1. Installation on a Steel Frame:
Clip the Cape Reed Thatch tiles onto a 8mm diameter steel rod. For that very purpose our Cape Reed Thatch tiles have 5 clips fixed to the binding strip. The 8 mm steel rod is integrated on the outside of all our hot dipped galvanized steel frames.
The tiles are installed in layered courses. Start at the bottom with the standard tiles, and if installing a circular structure, use our heavy tiles for the last two layers.
Finish the installation of a circular structure with a Cone. Our Cone has special wiring worked into it, allowing for firm and easy attachment to the frame.
Finish the installation of an oval structure with an Oval Ridge Thatch Tile and the Oval End Thatch Tiles to close-of each end of an oval structure.
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2. Installation on a Wooden Frame:
Clip the Cape Reed Thatch tiles onto an 8mm diameter rope or if using wooden battens, nail or staple the tiles through the reinforced binding strip to the frame. If you are not going to use the clips, please order the tiles without the clips.
Install the tiles in layered courses.
For oval structures, finish the installation with an Oval Ridge Thatch Tile. Close-of each end of an oval structure with our Oval End Thatch Tiles. Make use of our Corner Tiles for your square roofs and corner installations.
The rope or wooden battens should be placed approximately 320mm from each other. This allows for a recommended 100 mm tile overlap.
Installation can be made in straight or gently rounded lines. The binding strip is strong and flexible, allowing the tiles to bend and conform to unusually shaped roof lines.
The recommended pitch for exterior application should not be less than 30°.